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Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies - 142HG

Course Code: 142HG
Course Version: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


This degree in Forensic Studies is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in forensic science as a laboratory scientist. With this emphasis in mind, a strong biological chemistry component has been integrated into the degree structure. Forensic science subjects are taken throughout the course to provide the necessary specialisation to complement the broader laboratory science / human science aspects of the degree.

Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and various scientific disciplines to the investigation of criminal acts. The role of a forensic scientist is to present objective evidence and opinions that will assist the court with their deliberation process. Forensic scientists are often among the first to disaster scenes and Australian practitioners have been involved in resolving human tragedies such as the Victorian bushfires in 2009, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005. The course available emphasises, in particular, the laboratory-based fields of forensic biology and forensic chemistry, and covers areas such as the collection and examination of trace evidence, environmental forensic science, toxicology, forensic statistics, specialised chemical/biological analyses, and the interpretation and reporting of analytical results.


Prospective Students
Please telephone 1800 864 226.
Current and Commencing Students
Email Phone (03) 9564 1648

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

Victorian Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies BAppSc ForSc

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Course closed from 2014 - offered under 142JA, Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Present evidence in court. Express an opinion in the field of forensic science with confidence and clarity.
Write reports that could be used as court records or form the basis for prosecution. Collate, analyse, manipulate, evaluate, interpret and present information and numerical data from forensic case studies.
Interpret outputs from analytical instruments. Select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present data from forensic case studies.
Select appropriate analytical techniques to examine evidence. Implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems in environmental forensic science.
Allocate tasks among group members to complete forensic case studies. Work with others as part of a group.
Communicate and quantify uncertainty when presenting expert evidence in a court environment. Have the ability to cope with uncertainty.
Ensure that court room evidence is as unbiased as possible with rigorous chain-of-custody for handling of exhibits. Act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of forensic science.
Uphold the rule of law for the benefit of the community. Accept service to the community as the primary purpose for a professional life in forensic science.
Recognise the skills of forensic scientists that are transferrable to other disciplines. Have an understanding of how to apply knowledge and abilities to many different contexts and fields.
Provide evidence in a court environment and convince a jury of your competence. Be confident in yourself and your own skills and knowledge.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters


High performing students may eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) delivered at the UC Canberra campus.

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